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The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway 2009, Day Twelve

hope2It’s day twelve of the third annual Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway!

From the bestselling author of Motherless Daughters, the real-life story of one woman’s search for a cure to her family’s escalating troubles, and the leap of faith that changed everything for her.

In the autumn of 2000, Hope Edelman was a woman adrift, questioning her place in her marriage, her profession, and the larger world. Feeling vulnerable and isolated, she was primed for change. Into her stagnant routine dropped Dodo, her three-year-old daughter Maya’s curiously disruptive imaginary friend. Confused and worried about how to handle Maya and Dodo’s apparent hold on her, Edelman and her husband made the unlikely choice to bring her to Mayan healers in Belize, hoping that a shaman might help them banish Dodo-and, as they came to understand, all he represented-from their lives. Examining how an otherwise mainstream mother and wife finds herself making this unorthodox choice, The Possibility of Everything chronicles the magical week in Central America that transformed Edelman from a person whose past had led her to believe only in the visible and the “proven” to someone open to the idea of larger, unseen forces. A deeply affecting and beautifully written memoir of a family’s emotional journey, it explores what Edelman and her husband went looking for in the jungle-and what they ultimately discovered-as parents, as spouses, and as ordinary people-about the things that possess and destroy, or that can heal us all.

Author Bio:

Hope Edelman ( is the author of five nonfiction books, including theHope bestsellers Motherless Daughters (1994) and Motherless Mothers (2006).  The Possibility of Everything ( is her first memoir.  Her articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington PostThe Huffington PostGlamourChild, SeventeenReal Simple, Parents, Writer’s Digest, and Self, and her original essays have appeared in several anthologies, including The Bitch in the House (2002), Toddler (2003), Blindsided by a Diaper (2007), and Behind the Bedroom Door (2008). Her work has received a New York Times notable book of the year designation and a Pushcart Prize for creative nonfiction. She taught in the MFA program at Antioch University-LA ( for six years, and can be found every summer teaching at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. ( She lives in Topanga Canyon, California, with her husband, their two daughters, a fat cat named Timmy, and their pet tarantula, Billy Bob.

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Today’s question is…

This is a book about seeking guidance in your life, so let’s talk about seeking guidance in our writing careers. Who have you turned to in your writing career who has provided helpful guidance for you? Did you learn from a person directly or through a book or…how? Who do you continue to learn from as you go along in your writing career? How have you created a “village” to support your career?

Give me the goods in 50-200 words, please. 🙂

Before you go! WE HAVE A CAUSE TO RAISE MONEY FOR THIS YEAR! Please read the story about the Applin family here and consider making a small contribution at some point during the giveaway. We’re aiming for $100/day collectively. Please help us help the Applin family adopt two beautiful children from Russia. 🙂


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